October 25, 2012
NACCHO HIV/STI Weekly Update
HIV and STI Prevention Resources for LHDs
In This Issue
HIV/STI Prevention "Tool or Model Practice of the Week"
Model Practice 2013 Application Period Now Open
NACCHO Launches ePublic Health Blog
NCSD Releases Third-Party Billing Practices Guide
New Report on HIV Testing at CDC-Funded Sites
New Resource Highlights Innovations in Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS
Stay Connected with News from Washington
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NACCHO's HIV/STI Prevention "Tool or Model Practice of the Week"  

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This week's featured tool from NACCHO's HIV/STI Toolkit is Administrative Guidelines for Text Messaging Clients and Other Individuals, developed by the Multnomah County Health Department. The guidelines include a general policy statement about text messaging, a list of procedures for doing so, and examples of text messages to initiate communication with clients and respond to client text messages. 

Model Practice 2013 Application Period Now Open
NACCHO is accepting applications for the Model Practices Program through October 31. The program honors and recognizes outstanding local public health practices and shares the practices through the Model Practices Database
. To learn more about the program and why you should apply, click here

NACCHO Launches ePublic Health Blog 

The purpose of this blog is to facilitate dialogue among local health department professionals interested in the public health informatics community. The blog serves as an informal venue for regular communications on the latest public health informatics news, resources, and promotions. This blog encourages creative discussions and development of new ideas within the community. Click here to access the blog. 

NCSD Releases Third-Party Billing Practices Guide

The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) collaborated with key partners to develop a guide to support the sustained delivery of STD services in the face of a changing funding and policy landscape. Shifting to Third-Party Billing Practices for Public Health STD Services: Policy Context and Case Studies seeks to meet the needs of a range of providers. It is not meant to serve as a technical manual, but rather an introduction to what providers need to consider as they approach the decisions surrounding third-party billing. To access the guide, click here.  

New Report on HIV Testing at CDC-Funded Sites 

hiv red ribbon Last month the CDC released a new report titled HIV Testing at CDC-Funded Sites, United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, 2010, which includes data from all health departments for five CDC program announcements. The report is intended to be used in conjunction with other relevant information by HIV program managers and policy makers, HIV testing service providers, CDC Project Officers, evaluators, researchers, and others interested in the public health implications of HIV prevention program activity. To access the full report, click here

New Resource Highlights Innovations in Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Innovations in Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS is a special supplement to Public Health Reports that presents findings from the Special Projects of National Significance Innovations in Oral Health Care Initiative, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration's HIV/AIDS Bureau. The Oral Health Initiative included 15 sites from around the country, including both urban and rural communities. The research presented in this supplement shows that innovative program models can engage and retain people who are living with HIV/AIDS into oral health care services. Click here to view the articles in this special issue of Pubic Health Reports.  

Stay Connected with News from Washington
News from Washington is a NACCHO e-newsletter that provides up to date information about activities in Congress and the Administration that affect local health departments. The weekly e-newsletter is currently being sent to the primary NACCHO contact for each local health department and members of the Congressional Action Network. Contact Eli Briggs, NACCHO Director of Government Affairs, with any questions. View the latest edition and sign up to receive the newsletter here. 
Have a Resource You'd Like to Share or Looking for Something Specific?
The NACCHO HIV/STI List welcomes all tools, research, and resources that you would like to share with local health departments. To submit a resource, send an e-mail to hivsti@naccho.org with the subject line: "For HIV List." Additionally, if you have a request for a tool or need assistance that you think another LHD could provide, send an e-mail and we'll include your request in a future e-newsletter.
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The mission of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local public health departments. For additional information about NACCHO, visit www.naccho.org.